Advertisement

Covalent Adaptable Networks: Reversible Bond Structures Incorporated in Polymer Networks

Authors

  • Prof. Christopher N. Bowman,

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Colorado, ECCH 111, 424 UCB, Boulder, CO (USA)
    • Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Colorado, ECCH 111, 424 UCB, Boulder, CO (USA)
    Search for more papers by this author
  • Prof. Christopher J. Kloxin

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 150 Academy Street, Newark, DE 19716 (USA)
    • Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 150 Academy Street, Newark, DE 19716 (USA)
    Search for more papers by this author

Abstract

original image

Smart and responsive: Reversible transesterification reactions were recently used within a polymer network to create a covalently crosslinked material that is capable of being processed as well as mended and recycled. This work is highlighted in the context of the covalent adaptable network approach and illustrates the bond cleavage and reformation mechanism that enable the adaptability of these materials (see picture).

Ancillary